Lynn Åkesson

Lynn Åkesson

Professor emerita, Director, LU Futura

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Empirically speaking, my research career has been varied to say the least. The common link between all the fields I have studied is an interest in drawing boundaries, exclusion, normality and divergence. It links my thesis on bygdeoriginal, ‘local eccentrics’, and my research projects on genetics and genetic engineering, death and burial, and now refuse and waste. In general I am a keen advocate of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Externally funded research projects since 1993:

* Kroppens förvandlingar, FRN 1993-1996.
* Genetik, genteknik och vardagsetik, Riksbanken 1997-2000.
* Bodily Commodities: A Comparative Study of Moral Concerns. Nordic research project 2000-2002.
* Educating the European Public on Biotechnology. EU project 1999-2002.
* Bioteknik, kunskap och kultur, HSFR 2001-2002.
* Biovetenskaplig kunskapsproduktion, Erik Philip Sörensen Foundation 2001-2002.
* Ritualernas marknad - en etnologisk studie av livscykelsrit och avlivscykelsrit och upplevelseindustri, Swedish Research Council 2003-2005.
* Sopornas Universum. En etnologisk studie av kulturell nedbrytning. Riksbankens Jubileumsfond 2005-2006.
* Towards Sustainable Waste Management. Multi-disciplinary research project. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 2006- . Project manager of sub-project ‘Sorting Things Out: Cultural categories of waste’.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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